Thursday, August 20, 2009

More dog days

Jon Katz has more explaining to do. I started on Dog Days where, after the flyleaf dedication and before the title page is his note: "No dogs die in this book", a nod to a promise made to a reader in his previous book.

No, but a donkey dies in Chapter One. That's bad enough. And a dog with a troubled past that has romped through his past two books is not in this book, already dead before the narrative begins. There's a short backstory in Chapter Three -- it was put down after it bit several people.

That's already quite sad even if it's not exactly Old Yeller and l disagree with Katz: a dog does die -- even if it's offstage -- in the book.

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